Parkway Drive’s show has them in an early lead for Dan’s Live Act of the Year.
The night of the 8th of April will live on in my mind for a very long time, because Parkway Drive absolutely fucking killed it. They boys from Byron Bay Australia, are still touring the world on the back of 2015’s truly awesome Ire, how good is it? It won my inaugural Best Albums of 2015 and it's still one of my go to when I've got nothing to listen to. Last summer the band streamed a festival performance for free through their Facebook and it was that good I knew I just had to see them live. So when I found out they were headed my way for a show in Brixton supported by Stick To Your Guns and Asking Alexandria, I knew I was in for an epic night.
In typical Ronon’s Reviews fashion, we missed the opening act Stick To Your Guns... well most of it, I mean we caught the last 2 tunes, they were pretty decent. I can’t base a proper opinion on just 2 songs, but what I've heard, I liked and will be keeping an eye out for those dudes.
Asking Alexandria was a different story, I’d seen them last year when they closed the Kerrang Awards and when they still had Denis Stoff, I was impressed then and disappointed this time around. Danny Worsnop was back in the line up and I’ve heard he refuses to sing anything off The Black, so we were missing out on the newer stuff and it also sounded a little forced, as if AA were trying a little too hard, which then showed and it felt off, I dunno, it didn’t help that Worsnop wasn’t on point either. I’m still willing to give em another shot though.
After a short break, Parkway Drive took to the stage and, no word of a lie, they tore the O2 Brixton apart. I've found this venue can be a bit iffy with the sound, but no such problem this evening. You could hear quite clearly everything, the vocals, the riffs, it was all crystal.
The setlist was heavy on Ire tracks which went off and constantly set the crowd into a sea of moshing and crowd surfing. While there wasn’t as much banter with the punters, I felt it wasn’t necessary, don’t get me wrong there was a bit of a chat, but not over the top like some bands do. There was plenty of fireworks to overload the senses and for the life of me I’d never seen a drummer perform his solo upside down before this night.
I took a lot away from this evening in Brixton:
I knew I really liked them and I'm constantly pushing them onto anyone who’ll listen to me go on about music, but seeing this live show really cemented it and drove the point home to me.
Parkway Drive are one if not the best metal act from Oz, their last studio album was an absolute monster that still gets airplay and impresses newcomers and to round it off, they are amazing live. I can see why they have the devoted fanbase that they do, they’ve earned it through their hard work like any great band does and I’m proud to share a nationality with them and call myself their fan.
Stick To Your Guns X/10 → I can’t score due to lack of data
Asking Alexandria 4/10 → Just wasn’t the boys from York’s night I’m afraid
Parkway Drive 9.5/10 → Damn near faultless from the Aussie kings of metalcore
Written by Dan, who is wondering the fuck the awesome weather went.